James Allen Mangold (born December 16, 1963) is an American film director and screenwriter. He is best known for Walk the Line (2005), which he co-wrote and directed.
Life and career 
Mangold was born in New York City, the son of artists Robert Mangold and Sylvia Plimack Mangold. After graduating from Washingtonville High School, Mangold was accepted into the California Institute of the Arts film/video program. While there, he mentored under Alexander Mackendrick. During his third year, Mackendrick suggested that Mangold should study at CalArts School of Theater as an actor alongside his regular film studies. One of his classmates was Don Cheadle.
Based on the response to his short films, in 1985 Mangold got a fast start as a graduate of CalArts, securing a writer/director deal (at age 21) at Disney. Mangold grew disillusioned at the studio. He wrote a television movie and the animated feature Oliver and Company. A few years later, Mangold decided to re-establish himself in New York and applied to Columbia University's film school, where he graduated with an MFA in film. While there, he studied under Miloš Forman and developed both Heavy and Cop Land.
Mangold subsequently wrote and directed Cop Land starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; Girl, Interrupted, which won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1999 for Angelina Jolie; Kate & Leopold, starring Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman for which Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor in a musical or comedy in 2001, and the 2003 thriller Identity which starred John Cusack.
In 2005 he co-wrote and directed Walk the Line, a film about the young life of singer-songwriter Johnny Cash and his relationship with June Carter Cash. It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and was released on November 18, 2005. It was nominated for five Oscars and Witherspoon won Best Actress for her performance as June Carter Cash. His film 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale received wide critical acclaim.
During the filming and production of Cop Land, Mangold met his partner and wife, producer, Cathy Konrad.
In June 2011, Mangold was hired to direct the next X-Men movie, The Wolverine. Along with screenwriters Chris McQuarrie, Scott Frank and Mark Bomback, Mangold adapted the screenplay based upon Frank Miller and Chris Claremont's Japanese Wolverine saga and entered production in Japan and Australia in July 2012. He completed photography in November of the same year.
Filmography (director) 
|Year||Title||Oscar nominations||Oscar wins|
|2001||Kate & Leopold||1|
|2005||Walk the Line||5||1|
|2007||3:10 to Yuma||2|
|2010||Knight and Day|
- James Mangold at the Internet Movie Database
- KCRW's The Treatment:James Mangold
- Interview from 8-28-07 at SuicideGirls.com
- Cineaste interview